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Voices: Shine Bright with the Basics

Voices: Shine Bright with the Basics

Anastasia Garcia 

I’m a content director at TBWA\Chiat\Day, where I spend most of my time developing advertising campaigns to fit into the modern world. In my industry there is a big diversity and inclusion initiative, moving past “starting a conversation” and into “action.” This includes casting diverse talent, using inclusive language, telling empathetic stories, and incorporating brand action to back up any claim. Lately, through widening our hiring pool, we have women of color decision-makers ensuring that advertising continues to evolve with the audience.

My office attire is very casual and on the rare occasion where I must dress up, minimal chic is the way I go. When trying to decide my office clothing budget, my mother once told me “You can’t buy taste.” Meaning good, tasteful clothing doesn’t have to be expensive (and just because it’s expensive, doesn’t make it tasteful). I take that to heart with my beauty routine as well.

I found my way into makeup/skincare later in life, which means I watched a bunch of makeup tutorials,“Get Ready with Me” videos from Glossier, and testimonials to try and find the right products to fit into my casual beauty routine. It’s never too late to add something to your routine and don’t be intimidated by brands insisting you MUST have a product for every little thing. Sometimes the basics are all you need to shine the brightest!


If there’s one thing I wear EVERY DAY, it’s my Aveeno​ ​Positively​ ​Radiant​ ​Daily​ ​Moisturizer for my face. It’s a great primer for makeup without being oily or heavy and has sunscreen to protect from getting those pesky wrinkles. It’s great to wear on plane rides to ensure you look radiant once you land. It’s so easy-to-use and effective that I managed to get my boyfriend to use it daily too! I spend almost all day in front of my laptop which means I need a moisturizing lotion for my hands that’s effective without the sticky, slimy texture. My lotion of choice is Kopari​ ​Coconut​ ​Melt because; 1) It melts when it touches your skin 2) it can be applied ALL OVER and 3) it smells delicious! When the stars align and I manage to wake up on time and get to the gym in the morning, I need a hard-working face wash like St.​ ​Ives​ ​Apricot​ ​Facial​ ​Scrub​ ​to scrub off the grime of the city and make my face feel baby soft. Before bed, I wash my face with a Youth​ ​to​ ​the​ ​People​ ​Age​ ​Prevention​ ​Cleanser​ which noticeably firms up my skin without feeling too heavy.


I’ve been shouting this hairspray from the rooftops that AG​ ​High​ ​&​ ​Dry Matte​ ​Volume​ ​Hairspray ​is THE BEST for casual texture curls that hold throughout the day without being crunchy, overly scented, or heavy in your hair.


With combination/oily skin, I avoid heavy foundations and concealers. I’m very low maintenance when it comes to makeup, especially if I’m applying it on-the-go, traveling for work, or coming into the office from the gym. So I stick to a basic, nude eyeshadow palette with my FAVE cat eyeliner black liquid liner pen, L’Oréal’s​ ​SuperStar​ ​Liquid​ ​Eyeliner. The pen applicator makes it easy to apply it quickly with less mess and it also helps with those fine pointed cat eye lines.

 While I’m applying my makeup I apply EOS​ ​Lip​ ​Balm​ ​in​ ​Vanilla​ ​Bean to moisturize my lips before adding a nude lipstick. Something about the EOS stick makes it so much smoother to apply than the EOS sphere. To finish, I prefer a nude lipstick that’s not too glossy or drying for my lips and not so colorless that it washes out my face. I oscillate between Mented’s​ ​Pretty​ ​in​ ​Pink which is my true nude and Peach Please​ if I’m looking for something to brighten my look!

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Voices: Destination Wanderlust with Damaris Lewis

Voices: Destination Wanderlust with Damaris Lewis

We asked model, dancer, entrepreneur, and Prince's last muse Damaris Lewis, her favorite travel destination. Find out what place she describes as wanderlust and her 5 go-to travel products!

What's your favorite travel destination?

Through my many travels around the country, the place that has captivated my attention by far is hands down New Mexico. Specifically, White Sands National Monument.

What sets this place apart from NYC and other places you've traveled to?

I’m born and raised in NYC. A proud Brooklynite at that. New Mexico couldn’t be more different than the place I call my hometown. It’s as if when you touch down you’re transported into this magical world you never knew existed. Every single time. The architecture there that the Universe has made goes beyond words. It’s a great place to reset.

What is one word you'd use to describe this place and why?

Divine. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s nickname is “The Land of Enchantment” and I couldn’t agree more. There’s a free feeling when you’re there, especially when you’re driving because of its high elevation that you will always remember.

What do you like to do there?

When I’m in New Mexico I love to drive down to White Sands National Monument. It’s a completely white desert made of granite rock. Hands down the most gorgeous site my eyes have ever witnessed. Standing in White Sands reminds you of how small you are on this earth and how much beauty surrounds you that wasn’t made by man. 

Describe the first time you visited. Was it different than what you expected?

The first time I visited New Mexico I went for the Hot Air Balloon festival in Albuquerque. It was more than I expected. To be on the grounds every morning as the balloons took flight was such a site to see. I highly recommend it.

It’s important to get out of your comfort zone. Go explore. Be who you truly are in lands where you may not know anyone. You can leave the expectations at home and just be. The definition of wanderlust.

What’s your go-to travel products?

  1. Lauren Nappier Cleanse Wipes
  2. Portable Kettle
  3. Scarf
  4. A great book
  5. My Sony A6300 for landscape shots
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Mented ATL Pop-Up

Mented ATL Pop-Up

We wrapped up our 2017 Pop-Up tour in Atlanta! We had a phenomenal time and we thank everyone that stopped by and showed us support. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2018 Pop-Up tour dates! In the meantime, check out our photo gallery for a peek into how our night went.

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